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ICC World Cup 2023: Tom Blundell is New Zealand’s replacement when Kane Williamson breaks his thumb

<p>After an X-ray revealed that Kane Williamson’s left thumb had a “undisplaced fracture,” the Black Caps suffered a significant setback in the 2017 ODI World Cup. While batting against Bangladesh in Chennai on Friday night, the New Zealand skipper suffered a finger injury. Williamson was taking a fast single when a throw came in and struck him in the left glove, causing him to leave the game injured on base 78.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-235031″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-indian-team-wins-in-asia-pickleball-games-and-takes-home-9-medals-download-2023-10.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com indian team wins in asia pickleball games and takes home 9 medals download 2023 10″ width=”1412″ height=”791″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-indian-team-wins-in-asia-pickleball-games-and-takes-home-9-medals-download-2023-10.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-indian-team-wins-in-asia-pickleball-games-and-takes-home-9-medals-download-2023-10-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1412px) 100vw, 1412px” title=”ICC World Cup 2023: Tom Blundell is New Zealand's replacement when Kane Williamson breaks his thumb 15″></p>
<p>Williamson will continue to train with the Black Caps, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said, with the goal of being ready for the second half of pool play next month. In order to cover for Williamson while he recovers from his injury, the team has called up Tom Blundell, who will go to India but won’t be considered a member of the squad.</p>
<p>The squad is hoping for a quick recovery for the New Zealand captain, according to coach Gary Stead, who expressed regret at Williamson’s injury.</p>
<p>First of all, everyone felt bad for Kane because of what happened despite his efforts to recover from his knee injury, Stead said.</p>
<p>“Although the news is discouraging, the preliminary diagnosis has given us some hope that he may still be able to participate after some rest and recovery in the pool play. We will try to give Kane every chance we can to return in the tournament because he is obviously a huge component of our team and a world-class player and captain, he said.</p>
<p>While Henry Nicholls wasn’t taken into consideration because of a minor side strain sustained during Canterbury’s Plunket Shield warm-up game against Otago earlier in the week, Stead said Blundell’s flexibility led to his selection to the team as backup.He said that Tom had “performed well” when traveling with the one-day team to Pakistan and Bangladesh.</p>
<p>“He covers multiple positions in the batting order and his wicket-keeping skills are also an added bonus as a back-up,” the author said.</p>
<p>At the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, New Zealand will now play Afghanistan on Wednesday.</p>
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